“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Because Mars and Earth are so much alike

Mars, 2001, with the southern polar ice cap vi...

Mars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[h/t to Kevin] Astronomers are saying that Earth's climate modellers have accurately predicted Mars' climate, therefore the models must be accurate for Earth. Anyone else see what's wrong with this picture? Chime in your thoughts after the jump. From MSNBC via Reuters, natch:

Astronomers say computer models have accurately forecast conditions on Mars and are valid predictors of climate change on Earth.

These computer programs predicted Martian glaciers and other features on Earth's planetary neighbor, a U.S.-French team of scientists found.

Gas Prices Doubled, Obama Locks Up National Reserve

solarpanelarrayAs the administration fast-tracks solar projects on public lands, it has locked up more than half of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, preferring to continue outsourcing energy jobs and dollars.

The price of gasoline, which was $1.84 a gallon the day President Obama took office, has more than doubled since, willfully aided and abetted by an administration that claims we can't drill our way to energy independence as we ignore vast reserves of North American energy that dwarf OPEC's and we sit on 100 years' supply of petroleum.

Few Americans have heard of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA), and those who have might get it confused with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve or even the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to the east. The NPRA, 23 million acres of North Slope wilderness, was established in 1923 by President Harding to ensure a reserve of oil for the U.S. Navy.

Climate Was Warmer 1000 and 2000 Years Ago

chartThis impressive piece of research makes a significant contribution to a growing body of evidence that both the global extent of the Medieval Warm Period, and the temperature was similar, or even greater than the Current Warm Period, even though the atmospheric CO2 concentrations today are some 40% greater than they were during the MWP. --David Whitehouse, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 17 October 2012

Winners and losers energy policies

north dakotaPumping oil in North DakotaGovernor Mitt Romney strongly supports North American energy independence as the foundation of renewed US employment and prosperity. President Obama is waging war on fossil fuels, job creation, and efforts to end our economic recession and reduce dependence on Middle Eastern and Russian oil.

Romney’s emphasis on careful analysis and due diligence brought him and Bain Capital notable winners like AMC Entertainment, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts and Staples. Obama’s focus on ideology, political calculation, cronyism and campaign contributors produced scandalous losers like A123, Abound Solar, Crescent Dunes, Ener1, Fisker, Mountain Plaza, Solyndra, Tesla, and a host of wind and biofuel projects that would collapse if their taxpayer subsidies were cut off.

Canary in the coalmine? More like crickets

christiana figueresAfter this latest announcement from über-warmist Christiana Figueres of the U.N., the only sound you hear are crickets chirping. Not only have people pushed global warming to the bottom of what concerns them the most, the temperature data simply isn't comporting to all the doom-and-gloom prophecies. From phys.org:

Governments are "not on track" to achieve a target of keeping the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN climate chief said Thursday.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told a forum in Singapore that the world was moving in the right direction, but not fast enough.

Another mind-blowing waste of money

muscicapidaeYou really have to love grants. Stick the words 'consequences of climate change' somewhere in your proposal, and it'll get rubber-stamped. From the Independent Record:

A University of Montana scientist was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant and believes his research into the effects of elevation and climate change on tropical birds will inform science’s understanding of how those species survive in a warming world.

Tom Martin leads the study, which is called “Dimensions: Collaborative Research — Historical and Contemporary Influences on Elevational Distributions and Biodiversity Tested in Tropic Asia.” It was recently backed by a $2 million National Science Foundation grant, and has partners from the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Kansas and Louisiana State University.

Great Quote From The Shameless Scoundrel In Chief

MONag…here’s what I’ve done since I’ve been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it’s been in decades.

We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment.

Transcript of second presidential debate | Fox News

Translation, he failed to bankrupt the coal industry like he promised.